On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Mary Etta Wigenton King, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend, passed away peacefully at the age of 87.\n \nOn August 6, 1934, Mary was born in Amissville, Virginia, to Willie Owen Wigenton and Ida (Thompson) Wigenton. Mary had a passion for learning. After graduating from Dunbar High School in 1952, Mary obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Miner Teachers College in 1956. Mary continued her education at American University and Howard University. She was a Gamma Phi Delta Sorority and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member. Mary was a special education teacher for 35 years with the District of Columbia public school system. There, she instilled her love of learning in her students. After retiring in 1991, Mary worked for H&R Block Income Tax Service as a Master Tax Advisor from 1985 to 2013. She was always available to help friends and family with their tax returns.\n \nMary attended Greater First Baptist Church on Fairmont Street NW, Washington DC as a young girl. She was a member of the junior choir and a Sunday school teacher, and she held several administrative positions within the church. Later, Mary became a faithful member of Springfield Baptist Church in Washington DC. Springfield Baptist Church was her second home. There, she was a Sunday school teacher, Church Treasurer, Trustee, and member of various ministries and committees, including the Angelic Choir. She loved the church and was always willing to serve in any capacity to advance the ministry.\n \nIn 1956, Mary wed Robert (Bobby) King. Robert established the Ko-Ko Lounge in Washington DC, where Mary worked as the club treasurer. They were soul mates and enjoyed spending all their time together. Mary and Robert grew their family with the addition of their son, Donald, and daughter, Donna, their pride and joy.\n \nMary and Robert had a dream to buy a farm. In 1985, their dream came true. They purchased 133 acres of land in Charles County, MD. The farm become a family affair. They raised horses and tended the land. Mary and Robert hosted many family functions at the farm, including birthday parties, family reunions, and cookouts.\n \nMary also enjoyed traveling, investing in real estate, mind puzzles, and spending time with her extended family. She was a lifetime learner and was always pursuing new opportunities. Mary kept herself busy with different business ventures, including many independent sales consultant jobs with Amway, Shaklee, and CopperCraft Guild. She was known for helping her friends and family, her sense of humor, and kind and compassionate spirit.\n \nMary was preceded in death by her father, Willie; mother, Ida; stepmother, Dorothy; husband, Robert; brother, Bernard Wigenton (Jean); sister, Alice Ford; and son, Robert Donald King. She is survived by her sister, Roberta Nickens; daughter, Donna Jeffries (Thorpe); stepsons, Antonio King (Peggy) and Derek Ward (Joanie “Cookie”); granddaughters, Donnetta King and Leticia King-Marshall (Terrell); great-grandchildren, Deron and Zoey; along with a host of nieces and nephews.\n \nMary’s Homegoing Celebration will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Not About Me Ministries, 3106 Branch Ave, Temple Hills, MD 20748. Visitation begins at 2:00 pm, and the Homegoing Celebration will start at 3:00 pm Mary will be laid to rest with her husband at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland.